Tayside derby

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Tayside derby
Locale Tayside, Scotland
Teams
Stadiums
Statistics
Meetings total 494 (May 2017)
Most wins Dundee United (148)
All-time record
  • Dundee United (148)
  • Dundee (115)
  • St Johnstone (110)
  • Draw (121)

The Tayside derby is a term referring to a football rivalry based in Tayside, Scotland. The matches are contested by the three professional clubs in the region: Dundee United, Dundee and St Johnstone.[1][2][3]

A match between Dundee and Dundee United, whose grounds are in the same street, is referred to as a Dundee derby. St Johnstone are based in Perth, 20 miles from Dundee.

In seasons where local derby matches were traditionally held on the same weekend, (including at New Year), the Dundee derby would take precedence if all three clubs were in the same league, and any uneven number of Tayside teams would lead to one usually playing Aberdeen, who had no closer rivals geographically.

Achievements[edit]

Between them, the three clubs have won eleven major trophies (as well as finishing runners-up/beaten finalists 26 times across the three competitions), with St Johnstone's single Scottish Cup win in 2014 the most recent, but they are some way behind the Dundee clubs who have each won four cups and one national league championship.

In the season following their title wins, both clubs progressed to the semi-final stage of the European Cup (Dundee in 1962–63, United in 1983–84). Dundee also reached the semi-finals of the 1967–68 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, while Dundee United were runners-up in the 1987 UEFA Cup Final. St Johnstone have never made a major impact in European football.

All three clubs have endured spells in the lower divisions. Between them, they have won the second tier championship 14 times, and have lifted the minor Scottish Challenge Cup on four occasions up to 2017–18.

Head-to-head tables[edit]

Dundee United vs St Johnstone[edit]

As of: end of 2016–17 season.[4]

Competition[a] GP DUT Dr STJ DUTG STJG
League[b] 149 56 39 54 215 212
Scottish Cup 4 2 0 2 6 7
League Cup 16 12 2 2 43 24
Total 169 70 41 58 264 243

Perhaps the most famous meeting between the Arabs and the Saints was the 2014 Scottish Cup Final at Celtic Park, won 2–0 by St Johnstone to secure the first major trophy in their long history.[5]

In 1991, the clubs met in the semi-final stage of the same tournament, Dundee United winning that match at East End Park[6][7][8] to set up a final against Motherwell which they lost 4–3 after extra time.

Banner and card display by fans of St Johnstone (blue, left) and Dundee United (orange, right) prior to the 2014 Scottish Cup Final

Dundee vs St Johnstone[edit]

As of: end of 2016–17 season.[9]

Competition[a] GP DFC Dr STJ DFCG STJG
League[b] 138 55 36 47 207 172
Scottish Cup 9 6 2 1 22 9
League Cup 11 6 2 3 23 13
Challenge Cup 1 0 0 1 1 5
Total 159 67 40 52 253 199

The two clubs met in the semi-final of the 1967–68 Scottish League Cup at Tannadice. Dundee won 3–1,[10][11] but went on to lose the final to Celtic. At the Johnstone also lost out (in a replay) at the same stage of that season's Scottish Cup to eventual winners Dunfermline Athletic.[6]

Dundee host St Johnstone at Dens Park, 2006

Prior to that, Dundee's greatest triumph – winning the 1961–62 Scottish Division One, the only league title in their history – also involved heartbreak for St Johnstone, as the Dark Blues, needing only a draw to secure the championship, won 3–0 at Muirton Park on the final day, a result which saw the home club relegated on goal average.[3]

Saints gained some form of revenge many years later, with both teams in the second tier, when they won 1–0 at Dens Park to all but confirm their return to the top flight by winning the 2008–09 Scottish First Division[3][12] (it was not mathematically certain at that point, although they eventually held a 10-point margin by the season's end).

Dundee United vs Dundee[edit]

As of: end of 2016–17 season.[13]

Competition[a] GP DUT Dr DFC DUTG DFCG
League[b] 134 63 30 41 220 171
Scottish Cup 18 8 7 3 30 21
League Cup 14 7 3 4 25 23
Total 166 78 40 48 275 215

The city rivals contested the 1980 Scottish League Cup Final, held at Dens Park after lots were drawn. United's 3–0 victory was one of the early signs of them becoming a force in Scottish football. Previously existing in Dundee's shadow, the team built by Jim McLean had won the previous edition of the League Cup too, also played at Dens (a replay after a draw at Hampden Park), achieving the same scoreline over Aberdeen, the country's other emerging power. Paul Sturrock was a scorer in both years. The two clubs' spell of success saw them dubbed the New Firm, challenging Glasgow's Old Firm.

Dundee United would win the league title in 1983, and once again it was Dens Park which was the scene of their victory, winning 2–1 over Dundee thanks to a memorable chipped goal from Ralph Milne to top the table by one point from Celtic and Aberdeen.[14] They also came out on top 3–2 in the semi-final of the 1986–87 Scottish Cup between the teams played at Tynecastle Park,[15][16] although lost the final to St Mirren.

The Tangerines' good fortune at Dens Park ran out in May 2016, however, as Dundee won the city derby 2–1 to confirm United's descent to the second tier.[17]

Totals for three teams[edit]

As of: end of 2016–17 season.[4][9][13]

Competition[a] GP DUT DFC STJ Dr DUTG DFCG STJG
League[b] 421 119 96 101 105 435 427 384
Scottish Cup 31 10 9 3 9 36 43 16
League Cup 41 19 10 5 7 68 46 37
Challenge Cup 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 5
Total 494 148 115 110 121 539 517 442
Total goals: 1498

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Does not include unofficial wartime competitions, or regional tournaments like the Forfarshire Cup.
  2. ^ a b c d Includes matches in different divisions, and from the different eras: SFL, SPL, SPFL

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://spfl.co.uk/news/article/tayside-derby-on-friday-night/
  2. ^ http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/local-sport/st-johnstone-injury-worries-ahead-7647250
  3. ^ a b c "Dundee's 1962 title triumph saw Perth side relegated as a direct result". The Scotsman. 24 April 2009. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
  4. ^ a b "St Johnstone head-to-head statistics (filter: vs Dundee United)". Fitbastats. Retrieved 19 February 2018. 
  5. ^ "St Johnstone make Scottish Cup history as MacLean sinks Dundee United". The Guardian. 17 May 2014. Retrieved 12 February 2018. 
  6. ^ a b "Scottish cup preview: atonement in reach for St Johnstone". The Scotsman. 9 April 2011. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
  7. ^ "Edged out in East End thriller". St Johnstone F.C. 9 April 2011. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
  8. ^ "St Johnstone v Dundee United in the Scottish Cup – Previous Meetings Part 2". Saints History. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
  9. ^ a b "St Johnstone head-to-head statistics (filter: vs Dundee)". Fitbastats. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  10. ^ "Let's make a third national final". St Johnstone F.C. 2 February 2010. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
  11. ^ "1967 Scottish League Cup semi final – St Johnstone 1 Dundee 3". Saints History. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
  12. ^ "Division One: Dundee 0 St Johnstone 1". Daily Record. 27 April 2009. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
  13. ^ a b "Dundee United head-to-head statistics (filter: vs Dundee)". Fitbastats. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  14. ^ "Dundee 1 Dundee United 2". The Blizzard. 1 December 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
  15. ^ "Played for Dundee and Hamilton – John Brown". Dundee F.C. 18 August 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
  16. ^ "Remembering Dundee United in 1986-87: 70 matches, two finals, no silverware". The Guardian. 18 March 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
  17. ^ "Dundee 2–1 Dundee United". BBC Sport. 2 May 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2018.